AWS Exec: Machine Learning’s Undergoing a ‘Renaissance’

NEW YORK -- Machine learning is undergoing a “renaissance” now thanks to the increasing shift of data storage to the cloud, according to Matt Wood, Amazon Web Services (AWS) GM-artificial intelligence (AI). That’s because “the cloud has enabled machine learning and cus... More

M&E Journal: Blockchain and the Hollywood Supply Chain

By Steve Wong and Björn Obermeier, DXC Technology - Hollywood movie studios, record labels, publishers and broadcast networks have traditionally served as the guardians of intellectual property for moving images and sound for the entertainment industry. The entire Hollywood b... More

AWS Unveils Machine Learning-Powered Security Service at Summit, Adds Hulu

NEW YORK — Amazon Web Services (AWS) introduced a new machine-learning based security service at its AWS Summit Aug. 14, while announcing new cloud service client wins that included Hulu. Amazon Macie uses machine learning to help customers prevent data loss by automaticall... More

Vast Media Smart Screen Round-Up: BBC, Fox Offer Up VR

Here’s a run-down of recent second screen-related entertainment items, via Berlin-based research and consulting company Vast Media. • On Aug. 13, Fox worked with YouTube and its VR180 platform to live-stream the one-hour red carpet of the 2017 “Teen Choice Awards,” via... More

Keynotes Set for Oct. 18 HITS Fall Summit in L.A.

The Hollywood IT community will gather again on Oct. 18 at the Skirball Center in Los Angeles for its bi-annual Summit, providing 500-plus studio leaders and their technology partners with a progress report on the new tools, trends and technologies that are changing the way the c... More

Questions Linger Over Disney’s Streaming Services, BAMTech Pact

Questions still linger after Disney announced this week that it upped its investment in streaming-video tech firm BAMTech to a majority stake, and planned to use that company’s technology for a new Disney-Pixar streaming service, and as part of an expanded ESPN-branded streamin... More

Avid CFO: Company’s Long ‘Transformation’ Completed on Time

Avid Technology recently completed the “transformation” of its business that started four years ago and the company is now well-positioned for future growth, according to CFO Brian Agle. That transformation was completed, as planned, in the company’s second quarter (ende... More

Content Protection, Metadata and More: An M&E Entertainment Day Wrap

More than 300 people were on hand July 25 at the inaugural Microsoft Media & Entertainment Day event in New York City, attending four tracks of programming catering to representatives of the media and entertainment (M&E) community. The presentations — covering conten... More

Analysts Predict Impact of Planned Disney Streaming Service

Disney’s announcement that it plans to launch its own direct-to-consumer streaming service for its Disney and Pixar films in 2019 stands to hurt Netflix, although to what degree remains to be seen, according to analysts. In launching the Disney-branded service, Disney will e... More

DXC Execs: Cloud Services Strength Gave Company a Q1 Boost

Strength in DXC Technology’s cloud services provided the company with a revenue boost during its first quarter (ended June 30), according to CEO Mike Lawrie. Shares in the company were up more than 8% at $83.75 in early afternoon trading, after it reported total Q1 revenue g... More